We all know that photography gear is expensive. Most of us have to think more than twice before deciding to treat ourselves to a new piece of camera hardware. But beyond the price itself is the worry that the item itself won’t make a big impact on your actual photography. Just because something is expensive, doesn’t make it useful. On the other hand, some gear can be quite cheap—yet their contribution is much more prominent. In today’s video, we have photographer Adam Karnacz, who takes you through some of the camera gear he’s found to make a significant difference in his photography.
“Don’t get stressed and build up as you go along.”
Many recommend that newbies get an APS-C camera in the beginning, as they are on the cheaper side of what cameras cost these days. Contrary to this idea, Karnacz recommends getting a used full-frame camera instead. They are affordable and have benefits that put the crop-sensor cameras to shame.
If you’re past the beginner stage and looking to take your photography to the next level, investing in lights is what you want think about. Even something as simple as a speedlight can add so much to your photos. And if you want to go all out, you can look at getting some strobes or continuous LED lights.
Another piece of gear that Karnacz highly recommends getting is a proper camera bag. Such camera bags can play a pivotal role in simplifying your workflow in the field by giving you easy access to your kit. Get yourself a bag made of weather-resistant materials, and the peace of mind you’ll have when out on adventurous treks will show in your art.
Talking about gear affecting your mindset, Karnacz beautifully explains how getting his own printer allowed him to improve his own standards. When you buy your own printer, you control the entire development process, from start to finish. This is a real game-changer. Also, having a printer changes your mentality from thinking about getting a good shot in the field to thinking about making a print that looks really good. This helps you settle only for the best.
While these are material goods that will help your game, you’ll of course also benefit from investing more time in your photography. Keep on practicing and keep taking photos. You will eventually realize that this is the best investment to help you improve.
What camera gear has helped you improve your photography drastically? Let us know in the comments.
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